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5 Facts About Head Lice

When you’re a parent, you have to take care of your kids when they’re suffering through different illnesses whether it be a flu, stomach virus or even the common cold. It can make them miserable when they catch some type of bug and also make you busier than usual with helping them until they get better. That said, there’s another type of bug they can catch in a more literal sense. It’s reported that there are about 6 to 12 million head lice infestations a year in the United States. As a parent, you should know a few things about these annoying critters and learn more about head lice treatment.

What Are Lice?

Head lice are very small (about the size of a sesame seed) bugs that feed off the blood under your scalp. They have six legs that are great for grabbing onto and moving along human hair.

What Are Their Growth Stages?

Lice start out as eggs, which are called nits. In about 7 to 10 days these nits will hatch, and they are then nymphs or juveniles. These nymphs will grow up into adult lice in about 9 to 12 days.

How Can My Kids Catch Lice?

We all love to teach our kids to share, but head lice are where we understandably draw the line. Lice can’t jump or fly, and they also can’t live for more than about 24 hours away from the ripe feeding grounds of the human scalp. Given these facts, they are most likely to be spread through direct contact between the head, or at least the hair, of someone with lice and that of another. There’s also a chance of them being caught if your child uses the brush or comb or wears the hat of someone with lice, so tell them that sharing is not always caring.

Are Lice Dangerous?

This is one of the saving graces of these otherwise abhorrent critters. Head lice are not known to transmit disease, so you don’t need to worry about one of these literal bugs giving them a bug in the form of some illness.

How Do People Try to Handle Lice?

There are plenty of notions around about how best to deal with head lice. Some folks just go to the local store and get some lice shampoo and follow the directions and hope for the best. A big problem with this is that the pesticides in the ingredients of these products have been around so long that the immune system of many lice has grown a tolerance to them. Also, these pesticides are toxins, so you might have to worry about your kid having some kind of reaction to them. This would be even more true of prescription treatments that will be even more powerful.

Home remedies are another option that some pursue, and this can have mixed results similar to the over-the-counter treatments. These remedies frequently involve trying to suffocate the live lice by leaving mayonnaise or olive oil on your kid’s head overnight since lice can hold their breath for hours. This messy treatment has to be done at least two or three times in order to catch those lice that were nits during the first or second treatment. If even a couple lice or nits are missed, you can say hello to the infestation all over again.

A Professional Lice Treatment Option

For families in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, we’d like to let you know about a professional option for ridding any lice-infested loved ones of this problem in a way that’s fast, effective and affordable. When you bring your family members to our lice technicians at Lice Lifters of Montgomery County, they will do a head check to verify that lice are there. Then they’ll employ a 100 percent safe and natural assortment of techniques and products that will be devastating to the lice and leave your kid with a smile. If you’ve tried off-the-shelf or home treatments and remedies without any luck and want to get this problem handled by professionals who back their treatment with a guarantee, then contact Lice Lifters of Montgomery County, and we’ll get you lice free in a single visit.